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DECEMBER REVIEWS
31 December 2007 / n/a
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Unfortunately the December articles have been affected by a hackers attack on ManchesterMusic on the 31/12/07

EXPERIMENTS IN INTIMACY
31 December 2007 / Demo / 6 Trk CD
:: Jason Dunkley :: That Girl Sue ::
An injection of soul

BOX IT OFF
31 December 2007 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR
:: Black Napkins ::
“Postcards” is a thoroughly decent song, but I’d question whether the unplugged format is entirely appropriate

JUST MAYBE * recommended *
31 December 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: CarJack Mallone ::
To be brutally honest you don’t really need to look much further than “The Devil Is Present”

IVAN DRAGO
31 December 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Redwing Pilots ::
Wall to wall distortions provide the perfect swell of guitars for their upfront power pop rock

RIPTIDE
31 December 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR.
:: Native State ::
A curious mixture of 60’s acoustica and folk influences

MILKY CHOCOLATE
31 December 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR.
:: Joyce ::
Offers a thoroughly decent set of ideas, with bags of scope

HYPERMOMENTS
31 December 2007 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR.
:: The Manamp ::
The Manamp is effectively one chap and his merry organ

TOGETHER WE’LL BEAT THIS * demo of the week *
31 December 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR.
:: Greyaye ::
A very bright star for 2008..

DEMO
31 December 2007 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR.
:: Darnell ::
Needs polishing and producing

CHOOSE
31 December 2007 / Demo / 5 Trk CDR.
:: Harrison Drive ::
Liverpool’s Harrison Drive provide a slightly over-facing 5 track mini-album

DON’T CHANGE THE CALENDER
31 December 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: F451 ::
Chelmsford’s F451 (Ray Bradbury fans look away now!) are a post-Green Day outfit

FLATLINE
31 December 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CDR.
:: The Score ::
Electric, fizzling mix of rock and roll and skankingly good rhythms

SO COLD
31 December 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR.
:: The Turn ::
Very capable demo from the Bradford quartet

WHAT YOU BELIEVE
31 December 2007 / White Label / 1 Trk CD
:: Steller ::
Quality track to support the bands charitable cause

DISCO NOT DISCO
31 December 2007 / !K7 / Strut / 14 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
This thin slice of recommended leftfield disco tracks from 1974-1986

ACROSS THE PENNINES 4 * album of the week *
31 December 2007 / White Label / 10 Trk CDR
:: Various Artists ::
There are few records where you feel disappointed that you haven’t got a copy

DREAM OF THE PORTUGAL KEEPER
31 December 2007 / Bracken Records / 3 Trk 7” VinYL
:: Schizo Fun Addict ::
LSD led art house indie from Queens NYC

SATELLITE BOYS * single of the week *
31 December 2007 / Dirty Water Records / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
:: The Vipers ::
Driving, forceful, genuine punk rock with two savage basses

SARABETH TUCEK
31 December 2007 / Echo (Universal) / 11 Trk CD.
:: Sarabeth Tucek ::
Deep, hard and sweetly abrasive

SEA FROM SHORE
31 December 2007 / Memphis Industries / 11 Trk CD.
:: School Of Language ::
Field Musics David Brewis pushes at the boundary of the singer/songwriter format

BIOMETRICS
31 December 2007 / RU Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Death In Public ::
Squeals out its guitar with the thrusting, dark tinted energy of Editors screeching down a subway tunnel

CONQUEST
31 December 2007 / XL / 1 Trk CD / Download
:: The White Stripes ::
A perfect cut from “Icky Thump"

ME LLAMAN CALLE
31 December 2007 / Because / 1 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Manu Chao ::
He used to be a punk until he discovered Latino MOR

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases
24 December 2007 / Various Formats
:: Plastic Little :: Laura Izibor ::
Detailed summary & review of o

AUTUMN BURROWS
24 December 2007 / White Label / 13 Trk Limited 12" Vinyl Picture disc
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Say’s debut album has now been

END RESULT
24 December 2007 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
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It should never have worked, b

LSD
24 December 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
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Jangling three chord maze of b

TOMORROW NIGHT
24 December 2007 / One Little Indian / 1 Trk CD
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The trademark magic of intertw

WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE
24 December 2007 / Full Time Hobby / 1 Trk CD
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This year there is an alternat

SUFFER FOR TWO
24 December 2007 / One Little Indian / 1 Trk CD
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Camplight’s love of sunlit, ed

RUN TO YOUR GRAVE
24 December 2007 / Moshi Moshi / 3 Trk CD
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Summons up sparse but absolute

WILL YOU STILL BE IN LOVE WITH
24 December 2007 / Moshi Moshi / 2 Trk CD
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Hot Club De Paris are still tu

HORSE WITH NO NAME
24 December 2007 / White Label / 2 Trk 10” Vinyl
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the grace of Evel Knievel almo

TO CUT A LONG STORY SHORT
24 December 2007 / Kitsune / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl & Download
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Ok, here are the Cazals with t

FRUITS OF THE FOREST
24 December 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
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One of the weirdest styles I’v

TOMORROWS LAUGHTER EP
24 December 2007 / Red Deer Club / 6 Trk CD
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Sara Lowe represents one of th

BLAND BLAND BLAND
24 December 2007 / Firebomb Radio Records / 13 TrkCD
:: Whole Sky Monitor ::
Wholeskymonitor seem to be car

IN GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOUR
24 December 2007 / League Against Rubbish Records
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He’s stuck somewhere between E

NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES !!
24 December 2007 / Edsel / 14 Trk CD +7 Trk Live DVD
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Re-issue of seminal album from

EP02 * recommended *
17 December 2007 / White Label / 6 Trk CD
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Mark my words, this band are b

SMOKE WHEN YER DRUNK
17 December 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
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Proves the band have maturity

EARLY EVENING * single of the week *
17 December 2007 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
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New America may well be in mid

DEATHCAR
17 December 2007 / Gut / 3 Trk CD
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Still searching for the song t

ROSE
17 December 2007 / 14 Trk CD.
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Treads a fine line between rub

GOING PLACES * album of the week *
17 December 2007 / Car Park Records / 12 Trk CD
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Fashioned from the very essenc

THE HYPOCRITE
17 December 2007 / 2 Trk CD
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If twee was ever a wrecking ba

HAVE YOU SEEN IN YOUR DREAMS
17 December 2007 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
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Debut single stands well on it

FEAR NEVER LEAVES ME
17 December 2007 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
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A statement of intent, lonelin

HAVE I BEEN A FOOL
17 December 2007 / XL / 1 Trk CD / 7” Vinyl / Download
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Jack Penate has had a fine yea

GO FASTER STRIPES
17 December 2007 / Albino / 2 Trk CD
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Flint provides equal amounts o

DRIVE AWAY MY HEART
17 December 2007 / Nesna Records / 2 Trk CD
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A marked improvement on her de

OUT OF DREAMS
17 December 2007 / Deltasonic / 4 Trk CD
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Whether Alex Turner thinks he’

TALL TALES
17 December 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
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It doesn’t sound like it’s fro

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases
10 December 2007 / Various Formats
:: Lalula :: Superface :: Waterfa ::
Detailed summary & review of o

PARIS
10 December 2007 / Moshi Moshi / 2 Trk CD
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A more muted outing than their

SIDEWAYS
10 December 2007 / 2 Trk CD
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Pleasant but far from a new id

ELASTICITY
10 December 2007 / Virgin (EMI) / Label Fandango / 2 Trk CD
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A band that define muscular tw

SNAKES & LADDERS
10 December 2007 / White Label / 2 Trk CD
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A band destined for unequivoca

BACK AND FORTH FOREVER
10 December 2007 / Domino / Geographic / 8 Trk CD
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You’ll never look at Chris Isa

CIRCLES
10 December 2007 / Stonefish / 2 Trk CD
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Newcastle quintet People Of Sa

BOLD STREET
10 December 2007 / Domino / 2 Trk 7” & Download
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McGuiness releases another lig

LIVE FROM THE UNION CHAPEL
10 December 2007 / 14th Floor Records / 8 Trk CD
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Rice provides a compelling O

GILT COMPLEX * single of the week *
10 December 2007 / Domino / 7” Vinyl & Download
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SAD have always tripped along

WAIT FOR THE WEEKEND
10 December 2007 / Split Records / 2 Trk CD
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Don’t get confused – this isn’

THE ‘DARK’ EP
10 December 2007 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 4 Trk CD
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This new outfit confirm their

THE PYRAMIDS
10 December 2007 / Domino / 10 Trk CD.
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There are too many points of i

WHITE DEVILS DAY IS ALMOST OVER
10 December 2007 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 13 Trk CD.
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Burrell takes residence in an

ONWARD !
10 December 2007 / Something In Construction / 13 Trk CD.
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Silva is back, certainly on th

Booka Shade DJ KICKS
10 December 2007 / !K7 / 13 Trk CD.
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Booka Shade (aka Walter Merzig

VOLUME ONE * recommended *
10 December 2007 / Brew Records / 16 Trk CD
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In fact I’m off to have anothe

HARD LINES / SIGN ME UP *recommended
10 December 2007 / This Is Art / 3 Trk CD
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The days of the EP aren’t numb

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases
02 December 2007 / Various Formats
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Detailed summary & review of o

BROKEN
03 December 2007 / Suburbia / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl
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Plenty were a band on the cusp

BALANCE
03 December 2007 / Spokes Records / 10 Trk CD
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Mark Edward’s dreamy home reco

IN BERLIN * recommended *
03 December 2007 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
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Woven together like an aria ac

FAN THE FLAMES
03 December 2007 / Got Got Need / 11 Trk CD
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If you ever wanted a cross bet

JESUS SAVES, I SPEND
03 December 2007 / Beggars Banquet / 2 Trk CD
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Clarkes sense of seasonal iro

THE THRONE OF THE THIRD
03 December 2007 / Memphis Industries / 12 Trk CD.
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A mouthful indeed, but the alb

PALM TO PALM
03 December 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
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There’s a dark, attractive amb

FEAR OF ASSAULT
03 December 2007 / Abeano (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
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..could be the sound of powe

WE SWEAR BY THE LIGHTLIFE
03 December 2007 / High Voltage / 1 Trk CD
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You won’t find many opponents

YOU PUSH ME
03 December 2007 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
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I reckon Low Risers have got e

SONGS FOR CHRISTMAS
03 December 2007 / Rough Trade / 5 CD Box Set – 42 Trks
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For those already familiar wit

SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL * single of the week *
03 December 2007 / Edsel Records / 2 Trk CD
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Classic material from the late

CRUSH CRUSH CRUSH
03 December 2007 / Warner / Fueled By Ramen / 1 Trk CD
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..the sound of rock coming out

THE NIGHT STARTS HERE
03 December 2007 / City Slang / 1 Trk CD
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Here’s another song for Crimbo

IN A LETTER
03 December 2007 / Organ Records / 5 Trk CD
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Imperial Leisure are perhaps a

ROCKFERRY
03 December 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
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Duffy’s got a big piano

TEDDY PICKER
03 December 2007 / Domino / 2 Trk CD
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As ever, charming and brimming

KARAOKE PLAYS
03 December 2007 / Warp / 1 Trk CD
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Karaoke Plays initially seem

FOXY BOXER
03 December 2007 / Fantastic Plastic / 1 Trk CD – Released on 7” Viny
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Foxy Boxing is apparently

NOW THAT’S WHAT WE CALL MUSIC
03 December 2007 / Fantastic Plastic / 16 Tracks Download Only
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Fantastic Plastic come up with

DON’T LET THAT GO TO WASTE
03 December 2007 / 2 Trk CD / Friends of Mine
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Jangling guitars and obliging

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